BlockM

July 12th, 2012 at 7:22 PM ^

I didn't see anything egregious in there. If you haven't accepted the fact that they have a very solid team yet, your maize glasses are pretty darn thick too.

No one has any clue how the season will go, but on paper their defense should be stellar again, and if their running game improves on last year it'll be dangerous as well, especially against our unproven defensive line.

That's a long way of saying that I hope he's wrong, but I don't think his opinion comes across as ridiculously biased.

Needs

July 12th, 2012 at 7:51 PM ^

To be fair, that may be about their schedule, with crossover games against Purdue, Illinois, and Indiana.* They have the easiest schedule possible in 2013 (unless you'd consider ND and Nebraska @ home and us away easier). I don't think they'll be in competition for the national title either, but if there ever is a year...

 

*Insert rant about MSU's guaranteed crossover against Indiana.

spartanfan123

July 12th, 2012 at 8:44 PM ^

Not saying we would, its just our best opportunity in a long time. in 2013 Maxwell will be a Senior, and the WR corps should have a lot of experience, and its a fairly easy schedule with the tough games being Michigan at home and @Nebraska and @ND. Crossover games are Indiana, Purdue and Illinois.

RedGreene

July 12th, 2012 at 7:58 PM ^

 

I love how he goes on & on about recruiting nationally.   If you don't count the midwest as "national" recruits", they have zero so far this year. 

Last year they had 5 commits outside of the midwest with the highest being rated a 3*.

Chris cliams that MSU has just recently started to recruit nationally which isn't true.  In fact, if you look back at some of JLS's recruiting classes, he had more national recruits than Dantonio.  Smith hit California pretty hard.

turtleboy

July 12th, 2012 at 9:08 PM ^

Only thing off about it was calling it a preview, when it really felt like a recent history, and the insistence that they had all of thier success with only low rated recruits. Last seasons success was from a mixture of low, and high rated recruits, and an all senior passing offense. Dantonio has done a good job of developing talent, Worthy was only a low 3 star recruit, and Bell a 2 star, I forget what their safety was rated but he wasn't a national prospect, but Gholston was also a 5 star recruit, their stud linebackers a couple of 4 star locals, and I believe Greg Jones was a 4 star prospect previously.

BlueLotCrew

July 12th, 2012 at 9:42 PM ^

That's when schools like Alabama and the rest of the rednecks down south desegregated. Until then, during the 50s and early 60s, MSU was cleaning up down south and kicking MichIgans ass on the field
in the process. For more on the history of college football, visit me in person this fall in the blue lot.

Tater

July 12th, 2012 at 11:40 PM ^

The entire Big Ten took advantage of segregation because a lot of players had to go north for an opportunity.  I do agree that State in particular was hit hard when schools in the south were finally allowed to do what they should have been doing all along, but MSU's "great teams" in the 1960's were the result of one recruit: Bubba Smith.  

Darrell Royal wanted to offer Smith, but the SWC didn't allow him to.  Smith was pretty much unstoppable in college, and was on their team that tied ND in what wasthen hyped as the "game of the century," but really wasn't all that great in retrospect.    

MSU claimes MNC's in Smith's last two years, but some were awarded before the bowls back then.  They won the UPI poll in 1965, but then lost the Rose Bowl.  Their 1966 team won minor MNC's, as ND got both the AP (media) and UPI (coaches), which were the two major polls at the time.

They may or may not have legitimate claims to being "national champions," but one thing is for sure: without Bubba Smith, they wouldn't have even been in the conversation.

 

Larry

July 13th, 2012 at 5:00 AM ^

... which discussed the friendship between Bear Bryant and Duffy Daugherty, and how Bryant personally steered several talented black players to East Lansing because he couldn't recruit them to Alabama. In particular, it tells the story of Charlie Thornhill in great detail.

The 1966 national title is a matter of some controversy, as Alabama finished undefeated and untied while MSU and Notre Dame famously tied each other; yet the Tide finished #3 in both polls. The book detailed this as a sort of "punishment" for Alabama's still-racist policies.

College football history is definitely fascinating ...

Darth Wolverine

July 13th, 2012 at 12:08 PM ^

That is simply too long for me to read. I don't care enough about Sparty to read the entire thing. Based on some comments, I'm assuming the guy is being a homer and predicting a Big Ten title, which won't happen anyway.